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PROCEEDINGS 

OF 

THE GRAND CHAPTER 



OF 



§UpI ilrcj} Hasans 

OIF a-A-lST-A-ID-A., 
From its Formation, on the 20th Jan., AX, 2387, A.D., 1857, 



SECOND ANNUAL CONVOCATION, HELD AT THE 
CITY OF LONDON, C.W., 

On the third Wednesday, the 16th day of February, A. D., 1859. 




Ordered to be Read in all Chapters and Preserved. 



ADDRESS : 

THOMAS DOUGLAS HARINGTON, TORONTO, GRAND Z. 
THOMAS BIRD HARRIS, HAMILTON, G. SCRIBE, E. 



HAMILTON : 



PRINTED AT THE " SPECTATOR " OFFICE, COURT HOUSE SQUARE, 

1859. 



ESPECIAL CONVOCATION TOKONTO, 1858. 15 



PROCEEDINGS 

At an Especial Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Canada, held in the Masonic Hall of King Solomon's 
Chapter, in Toronto, on Wednesday the 20th day of January, 
A. D. 1858. 







PRESENT. 




M. E. 


Comp 


. Wm. Mercer Wilson, 


Grand Z. 


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Thompson Wilson, as 


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Thomas Duggan, 
on the Throne. 


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Thomas B. Harris, 


" Scribe, E. 


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William Bellhouse, 


" Treasurer. 




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J. Hodgson, 


" P. Sojourner. 




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C. Pollock, 


" 1st Assist. " 




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H. Derbyshire, 


" 2nd " 


V. " 


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S. B. Campbell, 


" D. Ceremonies. 




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H. B. Bostwick, 


" Pursuivant. 




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— Clark, 


" Janitor. 


E. Comp 


. Kivas Tully. E. Comp. J. R. Holden. 


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J. F. 


McCuaig. 


" J. Taylor. 



Visiting Comp. Drummond, Chapter, No. 8, New York City. 

A constitutional number of Chapters being represented, 

The Grand Chapter was opened in ample form at half-past 
three o'clock, p. m. 

The minutes of the Especial Convocation, held at London 
C.W., were read and confirmed. 

The M. E., Grand Z., informed the Grand Chapter that they 
were met pursuant to a circular issued for the purpose of receiving 
the report of the Committee appointed to revise and amend the 
Constitution. 



16 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

The Committee on Constitution presented and read the 
following 

REPORT : 

To the Grand Principals, and 

The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

Your Committee, to whom was entrusted the important duty 
of preparing a revised draft of the Constitution, for the govern- 
ment of the Grand Chapter and Chapters of Royal Arch Masons 
in this Province, respectfully submit the following Report, 
accompanied by the amended Constitution. 

In preparing the amended Constitution, the principal difficulty 
with which your Committee had to contend, was, the dissimilarity 
of working between that which obtains in England and the United 
States. The former does not acknowledge the degrees of M. M., 
P. M., and M. E. M., whilst the latter not only acknowledges 
those degrees, but considers them as essential to the proper 
working of a Chapter. 

The Resolution of the M. E. the Grand Chapter at the emer- 
gency meeting held at London on the 8th October last, having 
adopted the United States' system of working for the M. M., Past 
and M. E. M. degrees, which also agrees with that practiced by 
the Chapters in Ireland and Scotland, render the duties of your 
Committee distinct and clear in this respect, 

At the same Meeting it was also resolved, that the presiding 
Officers of the Chapters should be denominated 1st, 2nd and 3rd 
Principals, whilst the corresponding Officers under the United 
States system of working, were termed H.P., K., and S. According 
to the English working, two Assist. Sojourners are required, 
whereas the office of Principal Sojourner alone is acknowledged in 
the U. S., working. 

In order to correct this discrepancy, your Committee having 
fully carried out the instructions of the M. E. the Grand Chapter, 
recommend that the designations of Z., H., and J., should apply 
to the first, second and third Grand Principals, and Principals 



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of private Chapters, respectively, but that in every other 
respect the United States system of working should be followed 
which would include only one Principal Sojourner. 

The preparation of the draft of Constitution devolved on the 
Toronto Section of the Committee, consisting of R. E. Comp. 
Tully and Allen, and V. E. Comp. Campbell ; when prepared it 
was forwarded to Hamilton and London for their consideration, 
the Hamilton Section being composed of R. E. Comp. Duggan 
and Harris, and Comp. Stephens, and the London Section of R. E. 
Comp. Wilson, E. Comp. Rolfe, and Comp. Abbott. 

The suggestion of the latter Sections are inscribed on the 
margin, some of which have been agreed to by the Toronto Section, 
and are submitted for the consideration of the M. E. Grand 
Chapter. 

Your Committee, in conclusion, recommend the adoption of 
the accompanying Draft of Constitution, subject to the consideration 
of the proposed amendments. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 

(Signed) KIVAS TULLY, 

Chairman. 

Toronto, January 20th, 1858. 

On motion, the Report was received. 

The consideration of the Constitution was then considered 
seriatim. 



18 GEAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 



CONSTITUTION AND GENERAL REGULATIONS 

FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF THE ORDER OF 

ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF CANADA. 

ESTABLISHED BY THE GRAND CHAPTER, A. I. 2388.— A. D. 1868. 



[In all cases which are not specially provided for by the following 
Laws and Regulations, the Order of Royal Arch Masons of 
Canada shall be considered as bound by the Constitutions of 
Free and Accepted Masons, and its proceedings shall be 
regulated thereby, as nearly as circumstances will permit.] 



THE GRAND CHAPTER. 

I. The Members of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons 
of Canada rank in the following order : — 

The Grand Z. 
Past " " 
The " H. 
Past " " 
The " J. 
Past " " 

Grand Superintendents of Districts. 
Past " " 

Grand Scribe, E. 
N. 
Past Grand Scribes, E. and N. 
Grand Principal Sojourner. 
Past " " 

Grand Treasurer. 
Past " 

Grand Registrar. 
Past " 



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Grand First Assistant Sojourner. 

Past 

Grand Second " " 

Past " " " 

Grand Sword Bearer. 

Past " 

Grand Standard Bearer. 

Past " 

Grand Director of Ceremonies. 

Past 

Grand Organist. 

Past 

Associate Members. 

The Three Principals of every subordinate Chapter. 

Past Z., H., and J. of every subordinate Chapter. 

Grand Pursuivant. 

Past 

Grand Janitor. 

II. The Officers of the Grand Chapter shall be respectively 
elected or appointed, as hereinafter provided, and hold their offices 
for one year, or until their successors shall have been regularly 
elected or appointed, and installed. 

The election and appointment of all officers shall take place 
at the Annual Convocation, when all officers of the Grand Chapter 
shall be duly installed and invested in ancient form. 

III. The following Officers shall be elected, viz. : 
By ballot of the Grand Chapter, — 

The Most Excellent Grand Z. 
The Right Excellent, Grand H. 
The " " " J. 

The Grand Scribes, E. and N. 

u ii Principal Sojourner. 

" " Treasurer. 

" " Registrar. 
By an open vote of the Grand Chapter, — 
The Grand Janitor. 



20 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

By the Representatives of the Chapters of their respective Districts 
present at the Annual Convocation, subject to the confirmation 
of the Grand Z. — 

The Right Excellent the Grand Superintendents of Districts. 

IV. The following officers shall be appointed by the Grand Z. 
The V. E. Grand First Assistant Sojourner. 

" " " Second Assistant Sojourner. 

" " " Sword Bearer. 

" " " Standard Bearer. 

" " " Director of Ceremonies. 

u " " Organist. 

" " " Pursuivant. 

Four " " Stewards. 

V. The elective officers, except the Janitor, to be chosen by 
ballot, shall require a majority of all the votes present. 

VI. Should neither of the Representative Officers, or Past 
Z. of a Chapter, attend any Convocation of the Grand Chapter, 
such Chapter, by a vote properly certified by the First Principal 
and Scribe, E., under seal, may delegate any Companion entitled 
to a seat in the Grand Chapter to represent their Chapter, but no 
Companion can represent more than three Chapters. 

VII. The Grand Master, Past Grand Masters, Past Deputy 
Grand Master, and the Grand Wardens for the time being, 
provided they are companions of the Order, on account of their 
rank in the Craft, shall be Associate Members of the Grand 
Chapter. 

VIII. Every Companion, elected or appointed to office in the 
Grand Chapter, shall, during his period of office, be a subscribing 
Member of some regular subordinate Chapter; and any Past 
Grand Officer or Member, (who shall for twelve months con- 
tinuously cease to be a subscribing Member of some subordinate 
Chapter) shall be disqualified from attending the Grand Chapter — 
such disqualification to continue until he shall have again become 
and continue to be a subscribing Member of some regular 
subordinate Chapter. 

IX. Should a vacancy occur in any office of the Grand Chapter, 



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the Grand Z. shall nominate a qualified Companion to supply the 
place, pro tempore. 

X. The Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter shall be 
held on the third Wednesday in February, at which the place of 
holding the next Convocaton shall be decided. 

XL The Grand Z. may convene Grand Chapters of Emergency 
when necessary. The reason for convening a Chapter of Emergency 
shall be expressed in the summons, and no other business shall be 
entered upon at that meeting. 

XII. The Grand Director of Ceremonies shall, at every 
meeting of the Grand Chapter, attend without the entrance for the 
purpose of guarding under the superintendence of the Grand 
Pursuivant, against the admission of any but those who are 
qualified, and have their proper clothing and jewels, and have 
signed their names to the accustomed papers, and are, in all respects 
entitled to admission. 

XIII. If, at any Grand Chapter, stated or occasional, any of 
the Grand Principals be absent, the chair shall be filled by the 
Grand Officer next in rank and seniority who may be present, 
provided he be an installed Present or Past First Principal of any 
regular subordinate Chapter. 

XIV. An annual Report of the transactions of the Grand 
Chapter, with an account of the funds and property belonging to it, 
shall be printed without delay and transmitted to every Member 
of the Grand Chapter, and to every subordinate Chapter, imme- 
diately after the general Convocation in February. 

XV. When the Grand Lodge, or any other competent 
authority in the Craft, shall suspend or expel any Brother who is a 
Royal Arch Mason, the Grand Chapter shall immediately, on such 
suspension or expulsion being communicated to it by the Grand 
Principals, or any of them, proceed to consider and decide whether 
such Companion shall be suspended or expelled from his Arch- 
Masonic functions for the period whilst such Craft suspension or 
expulsion continues in force. 

XVI. Should any Chapter have neglected to make its returns 
and payments to the Grand Chapter for the space of one year, the 
Principals and Past Principals of such Chapter shall not be 



22 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

permitted to attend any meeting of the Grand Chapter until such 
returns and payments have been completed. 

XVII. Companions of eminence and ability, who have rendered 
service to the Craft, may, by a vote of the Grand Chapter, be 
constituted Members of the Grand Chapter, with such rank and 
distinction as may be thought proper. 



REGULATIONS 

FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF THE GRAND CHAPTER, DURING THE TIME OF 
PUBLIC BUSINESS. 

Which are to be read at every Convocation thereof. 

I. The Grand Chapter being opened, and the Regulations 
having been read, the Minutes of the last Annual Convocation, 
and of any intervening Grand Chapter, are then to be put for 
confirmation ; then any communications from the Grand Principals, 
or any of them, shall be read and proceeded with ; and then any 
reports from any Committee shall be read ; after which, the other 
business shall be regularly proceeded with. 

II. All matters are to be decided by a majority of votes, each 
Chapter having three votes, and each Past First Principal one 
vote ; each Officer and Member of the Grand Chapter, (except the 
Grand Janitor) not otherwise entitled to vote, shall have one vote, 
and the presiding Officer one vote, and in case of a tie he shall 
also have a casting vote ; unless the Grand Chapter, for the sake 
of expedition, shall think proper to leave any particular subject to 
the determination of the presiding Officer. The votes of the 
Members are to be signified by each holding out one of his hands, 
which hands the Grand Scribes are to count, unless the presiding 
Officer shall declare the numbers so unequal as to render the 
counting unnecessary. 

III. Whenever the presiding officer shall call to order, there 
shall be general silence. 

IV. All Members shall keep their seats, except the Grand 
Scribes, the Principal Sojourner, and the Grand Director of 






ESPECIAL CONVOCATION — TORONTO, 1858. 23 

Ceremonies, who are allowed to move about from place to place 
in the discharge of their duties. 

V. No Companion shall speak twice to the same question, 
unless in explanation, or the mover in reply. 

VI. Every Companion who speaks shall rise and remain 
standing, addressing himself to the presiding officer ; and no 
Companion shall interrupt him, except to speak to order, or the 
presiding Officer to call him to order ; but after he has been set 
right he may proceed, if he observe due order and decorum. 

VII. If any Member shall have been twice called to order by 
the presiding Officer, and shall, nevertheless, be guilty of a third 
offence at the same meeting, the presiding Officer shall command 
him forthwith to quit the Grand Chapter, and he shall not be again 
admitted to that meeting. 

VIII. Whoever shall be so unmasonic as to hiss at a Companion, 
or at what he has said, shall be forthwith solemnly excluded the 
Convocation, and declared incapable of being a Member of any 
Grand Chapter till, at another Grand Convocation, he publicly 
own his fault, and grace be granted. 

IX. That no motion for the repeal or alteration of any 
existing law, or for the introduction of a new one, shall be made, 
without notice being given in a previous Grand Chapter. 

OF GRAND OFFICERS. 

I. The Grand Z. shall be elected and installed, according to 
ancient usage, at the annual Convocation. He is then to nominate 
such of his Grand Officers as it is his prerogative to appoint, and, 
with the elective Grand Officers, to be thereupon installed and 
invested in ancient form. 

II. No Companion shall fill the office of a Grand Principal 
for more than three consecutive years, but he may be re-elected 
after the expiration of the following year. 

III. Should the Grand Z,. die during his term of office, or be 
rendered incapable of discharging the duties, by sickness, absence 
or otherwise, the Grand H., or in his absence the Grand J., or in 



24 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

their absence the Grand Superintendent of the District shall 
assemble the Grand Chapter immediately to record the event; 
which Grand Chapter shall appoint three of its members to invite 
the immediate Past First Grand Principal to act until a new 
election takes place. Should he decline, or be unable to act, the 
last but one, and so on ; if no former Grand Z., be found to act, the 
Grand Chapter shall be summoned to elect a Gr ,nd Z. 

IV. The Grand Z , under the sanction of the Grand Chapter, 
may, by warrant, appoint any Companion of eminence and skill 
to represent the Grand Chapter in a sister Grand Chapter ; he may 
also constitute the Representative of a Sister Grand Chapter a 
Member of the Grand Chapter of Canada, with such rank as the 
Grand Chapter may deem to be appropriate. 



OF GRAND SUPERINTENDENTS OF DISTRICTS. 

I. The Grand Superintendent for each District, as defined by 
the Constitution of the Grand Lodge of Canada, seven in number, 
shall be nominated by the Chapters in that District, and confirmed 
by the Grand Z., at the annual Convocation, and, if present, 
regularly invested. 

He must be an installed First Principal, or a Past First 
Principal, and a resident in the District for which he is appointed. 

This Officer is invested with a rank and power, in his particular 
District, in the absence of the Grand Principals, similar to those 
of the Grand Principals themselves. 

II. He may preside in every Chapter he visits within his 
District. 

III. He may hear and determine any subjects of Masonic 
complaint or irregularity respecting Chapters or individual 
Companions within his District, and may proceed to admonition 
or to suspension, until the decision of the Grand Chapter shall be 
made known thereon. A minute of all such proceedings, stating 
the offence and the law applicable to it, together with his decision 
is to be transmitted to the Grand Chapter, through the Grand 
Scribe, E., and when the case is of so flagrant a nature, as in the 
judgment of the Grand Superintendent of the District to require 



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the erasure of a chapter, or the expulsion of a companion, he shall 
make a special report to the Grand Chapter with his opinion 
thereon. 

IV. The Grand Superintendent of the District may summon 
any Chapter or Companion, within his District to attend him, and 
to produce the warrant, books, papers and accounts of such Chapter, 
or the certificate of such Companion. 

If the summons be not complied with, nor a sufficient reason 
given for non-compliance, a peremptory summons shall be issued ; 
and, in case of contumacy, the circumstances are to be reported to 
the Grand Chapter, who may suspend the chapter or companion, 
as before provided. 

V. All petitions for warrants to be recommended and duly 
signed by the Grand Superintendent of the District, prior to their 
transmission to the Grand Scribe, E.. whose duty it shall be to see 
that such recommendation and signature are duly attached to each 
petition. 

VI. The Grand Superintendent of each District is required 
to report to the Grand Chapter, at its annual Convocation, on the 
condition of Masonry in his district, with a list of such Chapters 
as may have been constituted since the last annual Convocation, at 
least fourteen days previous to the next annual Convocation. 

VII. He has power to give or refuse consent for the removal 
of a Chapter from Town to Town within his District, but not from 
his District into another, or from another District into his own, 
without the sanction of the Grand Chapter. 



GRAND SCRIBES, E. AND N. 

I. All ministerial duties, and all privileges attached to the 
ounce of Grand Scribe, are to be performed and enjoyed exclu- 
sively by the Grand Scribe, E., who shall be an installed First 
Principal, or Past First Principal of a regular subordinate Chapter. 

II. The Grand Scribe, N., to assist the Grand Scribe, E., 
during the business of the annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter. 



26 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

OF GRAND PRINCIPAL SOJOURNER, TREASURER, REGISTRAR, FIRST AND 
SECOND ASSISTANT SOJOURNERS, SWORD BEARER, STANDARD 
BEARER, DIRECTOR OF CEREMONIES, ORGANIST, PURSUIVANT 
AND JANITOR. 

I. The duties of the above Officers of the Grand Chapter 
correspond with those of similar Officers, as prescribed in the 
Constitution of the Grand Lodge of Canada. 

The Grand Principal Sojourner acting in the Grand Chapter 
in a similar capacity to that of Grand Senior Deacon in the Grand 
Lodge. 

II. The Grand First and Second Assistant Sojourners, Sword 
Bearer, Standard Bearer, Director of Ceremonies, Organist and 
Pursuivant, being appointed by the First Grand Principal, may be 
selected from amongst the Companions of the regular subordinate 
Chapters, though not installed First Principals, or Past First 
Principals of such Chapters. 

GOVERNMENT OF SUBORDINATE CHAPTERS. 

I. The Grand Chapter of Canada shall have the sole govern- 
ment and superintendence of the several Royal Arch Chapters, 
and Lodges of Most Excellent, Past and Mark Master Masons, 
within the Province ; to assign the limits of the several Districts, 
and settle controversies that may happen between them ; and 
shall have power under seal and the sign manual of the Grand 
Principals, attested by the Grand Scribe, E., and Grand Registrar, 
to constitute new Chapters of Royal Arch Masons, and Lodges of 
Most Excellent, Past and Mark Master Masons,within the Province. 

II. The Grand Z. shall have the power and authority, when- 
ever he shall deem it expedient, during the recess of the Grand 
Chapter, to grant a Dispensation under his hand, and attested by 
the Grand Scribe, E., under the seal of the Grand Chapter, upon 
the petition of nine regular registered Royal Arch Masons, 
empowering them to open a Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, and 
Lodges of Most Excellent, Past and Mark Master Masons, for a 
certain specified time, provided the said term of time shall not 
extend beyond the next convocation of the Grand Chapter, when 



ESPECIAL CONVOCATION TOKONTO, 1858. 27 

the Grand Chapter may confirm the said Dispensation, or grant 
the petitioners a Warrant of Constitution, 

III. A fee of forty dollars shall be paid for every Dispensation, 
and ten dollars in addition for every Warrant of Constitution. 



OF SUBORDINATE CHAPTERS. 

I. All legally constituted assemblies of Royal Arch Masons 
are called Chapters, as regular bodies of Mark Masters, Past 
Masters and Most Excellent Masters are called Lodges. Every 
Chapter ought to assemble for work at least once in every three 
months, and should consist of three Principals, three Sojourners, 
two Scribes and a Janitor, to which, for the better working of the 
Chapter, may be added other Officers. 

II. Every Chapter of Royal Arch Masons throughout this 
jurisdiction shall have a Warrant of Constitution from the Grand 
Chapter, and no Chapter shall be deemed legal without such 
Warrant, or a Dispensation from the Grand Z. The mode of 
application to be by petition, signed by nine regular and registered 
Royal Arch Masons, specifying the place where it is intended to 
hold such Chapter, the day on which it is proposed to be holden, 
with the names of the three intended Principals. 

III. The petition is to be transmitted to the Superintendent of 
the District in which it is intended to hold the Chapter, for his 
recommendation or opinion. 

IV. Every Chapter shall be solemnly consecrated, according 
to ancient custom, by the Grand Z., or by some present or past 
First Principal, delegated for that purpose by the Grand Z. 

V. Every Chapter shall annually elect, by ballot, the First, 
Second and Third Principals, Scribes, E., and N., Principal 
Sojourner and Treasurer, and, by an open vote of the Chapter, the 
Janitor. 

The First Principal shall annually appoint all the other Officers 
required for the better working of his Chapter, who are, with the 
elective Officers, to be regularly installed and invested. 

VI. No Companion of any subordinate Chapter shall be 
eligible for the First Principal's chair until he has served in the 



28 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

Second, nor to the Second until he has served in the Third, nor to 
the Third until he shall have served the office of Scribe, E. or N., 
or Principal Sojourner of some subordinate Chapter. 

VII. If the numbers shall, in any case, be equal, the First 
Principal shall have the casting vote, or he may order a new ballot 
at his discretion. 

VIII. A Register shall be kept by each Chapter of all 
Companions who shall be installed as First, Second and Third 
Principals ; and every Chapter shall notify the Grand Scribe, E., 
the name of every Companion so installed, with the date of his 
installation, and shall also notify the Grand Scribe, E., whenever 
any Companion who has been installed as First, Second or Third 
Principal, shall, from any cause whatever, cease to be a Member 
of the Chapter ; and no Companion shall take his seat in the Grand 
Chapter, as a First or Past Principal, until his name shall have 
been so registered. 

IX. No Companion shall fill the chair of First Principal for 
more than three consecutive years, nor the second and third chairs, 
for more than two years in succession. 

X. All Warrants issued for constituting Chapters of Royal 
Arch Masons, must also give the power to open and hold Lodges 
of Most Excellent, Past and Mark Master Masons, and the First 
Second and Third Principals of such Chapter, for the time being, 
shall be the Master and Wardens ; the other Officers of the 
Chapter, according to seniority. 

XI. The Officers and Companions, whilst in Chapter, shall 
wear the Insignia of the Order, according to their rank. 

XII. In case of the absence of the First Principal, his chair shall 
be taken by his immediate predecessor therein, or, in his absence, 
by the Senior Past First Principal, and discharge the duties of the 
Chapter. 

XIII. In case of the death or removal of a First Principal, 
the Chapter shall proceed to t elect a new Principal in his place, 
giving seven clear days' notice of such election to all the Members 
of the Chapter. 

XIV. Every Chapter shall, at least once in each year, make 
a return to the Grand Scribe, E., specifying the names, ages, 



ESPECIAL CONVOCATION — TORONTO, 1858. c 29 

professions and residences, and the dates of exaltation of the 
Companions exalted, together with the dates of their taking the 
previous degrees of Mark, Past and Most Excellent Master, and 
shall, at the same time, remit the registering fees, and Fees for 
Grand Chapter Certificates, that may be due. And if any 
Companion, exalted in foreign parts, and whose name, therefore, 
is not previously registered in the books of the Grand Chapter, 
shall join a Chapter as a Member, his name, age, profession and 
Chapter shall be returned, and the same fee shall be paid as if he 
had been exalted in the Chapter which he may so join. The names, 
also, of all Companions who may join from any other Chapter 
must be returned, and the Chapter in which they were exalted, 
specified. 

XV. Candidates for admission into a Chapter must be duly 
proposed, balloted for and approved ; and no one shall be admitted 
if on the ballot there appear two black balls. 

XVI. No Mason shall be exalted to this degree unless he has 
been a Master Mason for twelve calendar months at least. 

XVII. No Chapter shall confer the degrees of Mark Master, 
Past Master, Most Excellent Master and Royal Arch, upon any 
Brother for a less sum than twenty dollars ; nor the Mark Master's 
degree, when given alone, for a less sum than five dollars ; which 
sums may include the fees to the Grand Chapter, for registry and 
certificate. 

XVIII. The Registering fee to the Grand Chapter for Brethren 
exalted, shall be three dollars, including the fee for the certificate ; 
and the fee for a Companion joining a Chapter, his name being 
previously registered, half a dollar. 

XIX. Every Chapter shall have power to make such By-Laws 
as to them shall seem meet for their own private government, 
provided they be not incompatible with the general laws of the 
Craft, or the general statutes enacted by the Grand Chapter, and 
which By-Laws shall be fairly copied in a book to be kept for that 
purpose, and a copy thereof shall be sent to the Grand Scribe, E. 

XX. Every Chapter shall be subject to erasure and forfeiture 
of its Charter of Constitution in either of the following cases : 

Omitting to hold a Meeting of the Chapter for the space of 
two years. 



30 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

Neglecting to make any return required by the foregoing 
laws. 

Neglecting to register annually the names of all Companions 
exalted, and of those who have joined the Chapter. 

But no Chapter shall be erased until the Principals thereof 
shall have been duly summoned to show cause to the contrary to 
the Grand Chapter. 

REGALIA. 

I. The following clothing and insignia shall be worn, and no 
Companion shall, on any pretence, be admitted into the Grand 
Chapter, or any Subordinate Chapter, without his proper clothing. 

No honorary or other jewel or emblem shall be worn which 
shall not appertain to, or be consistent with those degrees which 
are recognized and acknowledged by the Grand Chapter. 

II. The apron is to be of white lamb-skin, or white kid-skin, 
from fourteen to sixteen inches wide, and from twelve to fourteen 
inches deep, with an indented crimson and purple border two 
inches wide, the crimson part pointing to the center of the apron 
the border of the flap or lappet to be only one inch wide, in the 
center of the flap is to be a triangle of silk or satin, surrounded 
with a gold border, and within the triangle three taus, united in 
gold spangled embroidery, and two gold tassels are to be 
suspended by ribbons two inches wide, coming from under the 
flap. The Present and Past Officers of the Grand Chapter alone 
to have the apron trimmed with gold lace. 

III. The silk or satin ground of the triangle, the lining and 
strings of the apron, and the ribbon suspending the tassals, for 
Present and Past Grand Officers of the Grand Chapter, purple, 
and for Principals and Past Principals, of Subordinate Chapters, 
crimson, and for all other Companions, white. 

IV. The jewel of office worn by Past and Present Officers of 
the Grand Chapter, is to be suspended by a collar of three colors, 
viz : purple, crimson, and pale blue, four inches wide. 

V. The jewel of office worn by the Principals and Officers, 



ESPECIAL CONVOCATION — TORONTO, 1858. 31 

and also by Past Principals of Subordinate Chapters, is to be 
suspended by a crimson collar four inches wide. 

VI. The aprons, collars, and jewels of Officers and Members 
of Most Excellent, Past and Mark Master Mason's Lodges, to be 
similar to those worn in Craft Lodges, according to rank. 

VII. The medal of the Order is to be worn on the left breast, 
appended according to the rank of the Companion, by a narrow 
ribbon, two inches wide, as follows : Present and Past Officers of 
the Grand Chapter, tricolor, corresponding with the collar, and the 
Principals and Past Principals of all Subordinate Chapters, crimson, 
also corresponding with the collar. 

The other Officers of Subordinate Chapters, and all other 
Companions, white. 

VIII. All jewels of this Order are to be gold or gilt. 

IX. All companions are to wear the usual sash of the Order, 
with silk fringe at the ends, except that all Present and Past 
Officers of the Grand Chapter, and Present and Past Principles of 
Subordinate Chapters, may wear gold fringe or bullion instead 
of silk. 

ROBES. 

First Grand and First Principal, Z. 

A crimson robe, trimmed with ermine. 
Second Grand and Second Principal, H. 

A purple robe. 
Third Grand and Third Principal, J. 

A blue robe. 
Scribes, E. and N., of Grand and Subordinate Chapters, 

White robes. 
The Principal and Assistant Sojourners of Grand and Subordinate 
Chapters, 

White robes. 
Pursuivants and Janitors of Grand and Subordinate Chapters, 

White robes. 

JEWELS. 

First Grand Principal, Z. 

A crown irradiated between the legs of a pair of compasses, the points 
resting on a triple triangle. 



32 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

Second Grand Principal, H. 

The All-seeing Eye irradiated between the legs of a pair of compasses, 
the points resting on a triple triangle. 

Third Grand Principal, J. 

The volume of the Sacred Law, irradiated between the legs of a 
pair of compasses, the points resting on a triple triangle. 

Past Grand Principals, 

The jewels appertaining to their respective offices, in a circle. 

Grand Superintendents of Districts, 

A small triangle irradiated in a double triangle enclosed within a 
circle, on a triangle. 

Past Grand Superintendents of Districts, 

The same jewel, omitting the small triangle irradiated. 

Grand Scribes, E. and N. 

Cross pens with a tie, within a triangle. 

Principal Sojourners of Grand and Subordinate Chapters, 

A square irradiated within a triangle. 
Assistant Sojourners of Grand and Subordinate Chapters, 

A square within a triangle, not irradiated. 
Grand Treasurer, 

A key within a triangle. 
Grand Registrar, 

A scroll on a pen, within a triangle. 
Grand Sword Bearer, 

Cross swords with a tie, within a triangle. 
Grand Standard Bearer, 

A standard with a triple tau in the centre, within a triangle. 
Grand Director of Ceremonies, 

Cross wands with a wreath, within a triangle. 
Grand Organist, 

A harp, within a triangle. 
Grand Pursuivant, 

Cross swords and wand, with a coat of arms, within a triangle. 
Grand Janitor, 

A sword. 
Grand Stewards, 

A triangle. 






ESPECIAL CONVOCATION — TORONTO, 1858. 33 

SUBORDINATE CHAPTERS. 

First Principal, Z. 

A Crown, irradiated, within a triangle. 
Second Principal, H. 

An All-Seeing Eye, irradiated, within a triangle. 
Third Principal, J. 

The Volume of the Sacred Law, irradiated, within a triangle. 
Past Principals, 

The same, within a circle. 
Officers of Subordinate Chapters, 

The emblems appertaining to their office aa in Grand Chapter, 
within a triangle. 



FORMS. 



For a Warrant of Constitution, 

To the Most Excellent Grand Principals, and the Grand Chapter of 
Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

We, the undersigned, being regular Royal Arch Masons, 
registered Members of the Chapters mentioned against our 
respective names, pray for a Warrant of Constitution, empowering 
us to meet as a regular Chapter at to be called 

on the day of , and there to discharge the duties 

of Royal Arch Masonry in a constitutional manner, according to 
the Forms of the Order, and the Rules and Regulations of the 
Grand Chapter ; and we have nominated and do recommend 
Companion to be First Principal, Z,, Companion 

to be Second Principal, H., Companion to be Third 

Principal, J. 

The prayer of this Petition being granted, we promise strict 
conformity to the Ancient Landmarks of the Order and the Rules 
and Regulations of the Grand Chapter. 

[To be signed by at least nine R. A. Masons.] 

E 



34 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

Application for Advancement. 

To the Excellent Principals, Officers and Companions of 
Chapter No. G.R.C. 

The undersigned, a Master Mason, respectfully prays that he 
may be advanced to the degrees of Mark Master, Past Master 
and Most Excellent Master. 

(Signed,) 



Application for Exaltation. 

To the Excellent Principals, Officers and Companions of 
Chapter No. G.R.C. 

The undersigned having been advanced to the degrees of Mark, 
Past and Most Excellent Master Mason, respectfully prays that 
he may be exalted to the supreme degree of a Royal Arch Mason. 
(Signed,) 



It was moved by E. Comp. Tully, seconded by E. Comp. 
Harris, and 

Resolved, — 

That the Constitution submitted by the Committee and as 
amended by the Grand Chapter, be confirmed and adopted, to be 
entered on the Minutes, and to be printed as the Constitution 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

It was, on motion, unanimously 
Resolved, — 

That the Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal 
Arch Masons of Canada, be holden at the City of Hamilton, on 
Wednesday the 17th February, A.D. 1858. 

Communications from several Grand Chapters were then read. 
The Grand Chapter was called from labor to refreshment, to 
meet at half-past 7, p. m. 



ESPECIAL CONVOCATION — TOEONTO, 1858. 35 



The Grand Chapter resumed its sitting at half-past 7, p. m. 

PRESENT. 

R. E. Comp. Capt. Thompson Wilson, G. Supt., as Z. 
" " " Thomas Duggan, as H. 
'< " " Kivas Tully, as J. 

on the Throne. 
" " " Thos. B. Harris, G. Scribe, E. 

And the following Companions : — 

E. Comp. J. R. Holden, Hiram Chapter, Hamilton. 

" " Wm. Bellhouse, " " 

" " J.Taylor, " 

" Wm. Steers, St. John's Chapter, Toronto. 

" C. E. Romain, 

" C. Fitzgibbon, Ionic Chapter, " 

" R. Maitland, St. Andrew's Chapter, " 

" J. E. Smith, King Solomon's Chapter, Toronto. 

VISITORS. 

Comp. Jos. Hodgson, Comp. C. Pollock, 

" Alex. Macnamara, " P. A. Derbyshire, 

" W. C. Morrison, " John Hill, 

" J. A. Fisher, " Rd. Arnold, 

" S. B. Campbell, « A. Beliren, 

" H. Bostwick, " John H. Seels, 

" W. L'Estage, " W. H. Miller. 

The Grand Officers then proceeded to the installation and 
investiture of the Officers of the following Chapters. 

THE HIRAM CHAPTER. 



E. Comp. Jno. R. Holden, Z. 
" " W. Bellhouse, H. 
" " J. Taylor, J. 



86 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 



R. E. Comp. Thomas B. Harris, Z. 
" " John F. McCuaig, H. 



king Solomon's chapter. 
R. E. Comp. Kivas Tully, Z. 
" « James E. Smith, H. 
Joseph Hodgson, J. 



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Th« Grand Chapter was closed in form, with solemn prayer. 



THOS. B. HARRIS, 

G. Scribe, E. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION — HAMILTON, 1858. 37 



PROCEEDINGS 

At the First Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal 
Arch Masons of Canada, held in the Masonic Hall, in the 
City of Hamilton, on Wednesday the 17th Feb., A. I. 2388, 



A. D., 1858. 



PRESENT. 



M. E. Comp. Wm. M. Wilson, Grand Z. 
R. E. " Capt. T. Wilson, as " H. 
" Dr. Thos. Duggan, " J. 
on the Throne. 
R. E. Comp. Thomas B. Harris, Grand Scribe, E. 



John R. Holden, as 
Kivas Tully, as 
T. C. Sterling, as 
R. E. " W. C. Stephens, as 
Chas. Magill, as 
Thomas Francis, as 
A. Monro, as ) 

J. F. McCuaig, as ) 
J. Taylor, as 
John Morrison, 

Also, R. E. Comp. W. B. Simpson, Comps. Richard Bull, and 
Henry Grist. 

VISITING. 

Comp. Robb, St. John's Chapter, 509, New York City. 

The Representatives from the following Chapters were 
reported and admitted to seats in the Grand Chapter : 



" N. 
P. Sojourner. 
Treasurer. 
1st A. Sojourner. 

2nd 

D.ofCeremonies 

Stewards. 

Pursuivant. 
Janitor. 



THE HIRAM CHAPTER, HAMILTON. 

E. Comp. John R. Holden, Z. 
" " Jeremiah Taylor, J. 

st. john's chapter, london. 
Comp. Thomas Francis, H. 



38 



GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 



st. john's chapter, Hamilton. 
R. E. Comp. Thomas B. Harris, Z. 
« " J. F. McCuaig, H. 
« " W. C. Stephens, J. 



KING SOLOMON S CHAPTER, TORONTO. 

E. Comp. Kivas Tully, Z. 

" A. M. Munro, Scribe, E. 



The Grand Chapter was opened in ample form. 

The Proceedings of the Especial Convocation held at Toronto, 
on the 20th day of January, A. D. 1858, were read and confirmed. 

The Grand Scribe, E., laid before the Grand Chapter several 
letters, to the effect that the Grand Chapter of Canada had been 
recognised by various Grand Chapters in the United States, 
amongst which communications was one from P.P. Murphy ,G.H. P. 
State of New York, and R. Morris, from Alabama. 



The election of Grand Officers was 


then 


proceeded with, and 


the following Companions declared duly 


elected : — 


M. E. Comp. Thompson Wilson, 


Grand Z. 


R. E. " 


Thomas Duggan, 


a 


H. 


a a it 


Kivas Tully, 


U 


J. 


u u a 


Thos. B. Harris, 


u 


Scribe, E. 


a a u 


James Moffatt, 


u 


" N. 


a « i. 


John Harris, 


a 


P. Sojourner. 


u a (( 


J. R. Holden, 


u 


Treasurer. 


By an open vote of the Grand Chapter, 






Comp. 


John Morrison, 


u 


Janitor. 



By the Chapters of their respective Districts, as Grand 
Superintendents, and which the Grand Z. was pleased to confirm : 

R. E. Comp. Charles Magill, Hamilton District. 
" " " James Daniell, London " 

" " " George L. Allen, Toronto " 

The Grand Z., elect, was then regularly installed and 
proclaimed. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION — HAMILTON, 1858. 39 

The elected officers were severally invested with the badges of 
their office according to ancient form. 

It was moved by R. E. Companion Kivas Tully, seconded by 
R.E. Comp. Simpson, and unanimously adopted, — 

That the cordial and fraternal thanks of the Grand Chapter be 
forwarded to the M.E. Grand Z., Comp. Wm. M.Wilson, for the 
able, dignified and impartial manner in which the duties of the 
office of M. E. Grand Z., were performed since the establishment 
of the Grand Chapter. 



On motion of R. E. Comp. Kivas Tully, seconded by R. E. 
Comp. Thos. Duggan, it was unanimously 

Resolved, — 

That the Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter be hold en 
at the City of London, C.W., in 1859. 



The M. E. Grand Z., was pleased to make the following 
appointments to office in this Grand Chapter, for the next 
ensuing Masonic term : — 

V. E. Comp. Thomas Francis, Grand 1st Asst. Sojourner. 



u 
u 


Jos. Hodgson, 
J. E. Smith, 


u 
u 


2nd " 
Sword Bearer. 


u 

a 


S. B. Campbell, 
Wm. Daniell, 


u 

CI 


Dir. of Ceremonies 
Standard Bearer. 


.i 


J. J. McKenzie, 


u 


Organist. 


u 
« 

u 
u 


J. F. McCuaig, 
Jeremiah Taylor, > 
A. Munro, 
William Muir, 


u 


Pursuivant. 
Stewards. 


a 


W. J. Murray, > 







The Grand Scribe, E., presented his account, which was 
received and adopted. 

The Grand Lodge was called from labor to refreshment, and 



40 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

re-assembled at 11, p. m., when the M. E. Grand Z. installed the 
following Companions : — 

R.E. Comp.W.C. Stephens, as Grand Superintendent and J. 
of St. John's Chapter, Hamilton. 

R.E. Comp. W. B. Simpson, as Grand Superintendent for the 
Central District. 

It was, on motion, 

Resolved, — 

That a Committee be appointed to decide on a uniform system 
of work for the Mark, Past, Most Excellent and Royal Arch 
degrees — to report progress at the earliest opportunity. 

The M. E. Grand Z. appointed the following to be such 
Committee, viz : — R. E. Companions Harris, Tully and Wilson. 

The Grand Chapter was closed in ample form, with solemn 
prayer. 

THOS. B. HARRIS, 



ESPECIAL CONVOCATION — TOKONTO, 1859. 41 



PROCEEDINGS 

At an Especial Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Canada, held at the Masonic Hall, in the City of 
Toronto, on Thursday the 20th day of January, A.D. 1859. 

PRESENT. 



M. E. Comp. Thompson Wilson, Grand Z. 

" " " Wm. M. Wilson, as " H. 

R. " " Thomas Duggan,as " J. 

on the Throne. 
" " " Thomas B. Harris, Grand Scribe, E. 
« « " Samuel D. Fowler, as " " N. 

W. B. Simpson, as " Principal Sojourner. 
A. Bernard, as " 1st Assistant " 

" James Moffat, as " 2nd " " 

V. " « S.B.Campbell, * Dir. of Ceremonies. 

John Morrison, '* Janitor. 



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u 



A constitutional number of Chapters being represented, the 
Grand Chapter was opened in ample form. 

The Committee on Credentials presented their report of the 
following Members and Representatives of duly warranted 
Chapters, whom they recommend to be admitted and take part in 
proceedings of Grand Chapter : — 

THE HIRAM CHAPTER, HAMILTON. 

R. E. Comp. Thomas Duggan, Z. 
" Jeremiah Taylor, H. 
M. E. " Wm. M. Wilson, P.G. Z. 

8T. john's chapter, London. 
E. Comp. Thomas Francis, Z. 
" " John Keary, J. 
" James Moffatt, P.Z. 



42 GBAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

st. john's chapter, Hamilton. 
R. E. Comp. Thos. B. Harris, Z. 

st. george's chapter, London. 
M. E. Comp. Thompson Wilson, Z. 
" J. K. Brown, H. 

Edwin HeatMeld, J. 

king Solomon's chapter, Toronto. 
E. Comp. S. B. Campbell, Z. 

MOIRA CHAPTER, BELLEVILLE. 

E. Comp. J. C. Frank, Z. 

ANCIENT FRONTENAC CHAPTER, KINGSTON. 

E. Comp. James Henderson, Z. 
" " S. D. Fowler, P. Z. 

W. B. Simpson, G. S. of Central Dis. 

st. Andrew's chapter, Toronto. 

E. Comp. S. B. Harman, Z. 
F.W.Barron, P. Z. 

Visiting Companions George W. Whitehead, Henry Grist, and 
W. H. Weller. 

On motion, it was 
Resolved, — 

That the Report of the Committee on Credentials be received 
and adopted. 

The M. E. Grand Z., informed the Grand Chapter that they 
had met in pursuance of a summons issued by his direction, to 
receive the report of the Committee appointed at the last annual 
convocation, for the purpose of deciding on an uniform Ritual for 
the adoption of all Chapters under this jurisdiction. 

To the M. E. Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada : 

Your Committee, to whom was entrusted the consideration 
of a uniform Ritual, beg leave to report, that they are now prepared 
to give an exemplication of the Work, which they believe to be 



ESPECIAL CONVOCATION — TORONTO, 1859. 43 

correct and most universally practiced, and would respectfully 
recommend that it may be adopted by this Grand Chapter. 

The exemplification of the Work was then proceeded with, 
which was, after much discussion on the different points at issue, 
comparing the work under other jurisdictions, again committed 
to the following Committee, viz : 

R.E. Comp. T. D. Harington, E. Companions F. Richardson, 
F.W. Barron, W. B. Simpson, and S. D. Fowler, with instructions 
to report on the M. M., P.M. and M.E.M. degrees, at the Annual 
Convocation to be held in London in February ; and on the Royal 
Arch degree at an Especial Convocation, to be held at Kingston in 
July next, during the session of Grand Lodge. 

The labors of the Grand Chapter being finished, it was closed 
in ample form. 

THOS. B. HARRIS, 

Q. Scribe, E. 



44 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 



PROCEEDIN GS 

Of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada, at the 
Second Annual Convocation, held in the Masonic Hall in the 
City of London, C.W., on the third Wednesday the 16th day 
of February, A. D. 1859. 

PRESENT. 

M. E. Comp. Thompson Wilson, Grand Z. 



R. " 


u 


F. Richardson, as 


a 


H. 


tt c< 


tt 


Kivas Tully, 
on the Throne. 


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J. 


ft (( 


a 


Thos. B. Harris, 


it 


Scribe, E. 


tt u 


tt 


James MofFatt, 


u 


" N. 


it 


tt 


John K. Brown, as 


u 


P. Sojourner. 


V. " 


it 


Thomas Francis, 


tc 


1st A. " 


cc 


tt 


Wm. Moore, as 


tt 


2nd A. " 


it 


(( 


J. C. Franck, as 


tt 


Treasurer. 


R. " 


(t 


J. Heathfield, as 


tt 


Sword Bearer. 


« 


u 


Wm. Daniell, as 


tc 


Standard " 


ci 


tc 


M. F. Shaler, as 


tt 


Pursuivant. 




C( 


Thos. McMullan, as 


tt 


Janitor. 


R.E. Comp. James Daniell, P. G. Superintendent of the London 






District. 






R.E. Comp. Thomas 


Douglas Harington, P. 


G. 


Superintendent for 


Canada East, 


under the Grand Chapt 


er of England. 



A constitutional number of Chapters being represented, the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada was opened in 
ample form. 

The Grand Scribes, E. and N., having examined the Register, 
reported the following Representatives of regularly Warranted 
Chapters ; also the Representatives of Chapters under Dispensation, 
whom they recommend to be admitted and to take part in the 
proceedings of Grand Chapter. 






SECOND ANNUAL CONVOCATION — LONDON, 1858. 45 



st. john's chapter, london, c.w. 



R. E. 


Comp. 


James Daniell, P 


. Z. 


U (t 


u 


James Moffatt, " 


Z. 


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C( 


Thomas Francis, 


z. 


u 


(( 


William Moore, 


H. 


u 


(( 


John Keary, 


J. 



st. john's chapter, Hamilton. 
R. E. Comp. Thomas Bird Harris, Z. 
u " M. Francis Shaler, J. 

R. " " Thos. D. Harington, P.G. Superintend't. 

king Solomon's chapter, Toronto. 
R. E. Comp. Kivas Tully, P. Z. 

st. george's chapter, london. 
M. E. Comp. Thompson Wilson, Z. 
" " John K. Brown, H. 
Edwin Heathfield, J. 

MOIRA CHAPTER, BELLEVILLE. 

E. Comp. John C. Franck, Z. 
" A. B. Elmer. 

ANCIENT FRONTENAC CHAPTER, KINGSTON. 

E. Comp. John C. Franck, (proxy.) 

st. Andrew's chapter, Toronto. 

E. Comp. Francis Richardson, P. Z. 
" " S. B. Harman, Z. 



Under Dispensation :- 



KILWINNING CHAPTER, LONDON. 

E. Comp. William Muir, Z. 

" " Wm. Daniell, H. 

41 " P. T. Worthington, J. 

GOLDEN RULE CHAPTER, STANSTEAD. 

The Grand Scribe, E., (proxy.) 



46 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

The Report from the Grand Scribes was received and adopted. 

The M. E. Z. granted permission for all Companions in good 
standing to be admitted. 

VISITORS. 

E. Comp. Wm. Reid, Zerubbabel Chapter, No. 30, Texas. 
" Geo. Parkins, A. S. Abbott, Edward Garratt, and 
" Wm. Miles, St. John's Chapter, Loudon. 
" Charles L. Davis, Kilwinning Chapter, London. 

The Minutes of the last Annual Convocation, held at the City 
of Hamilton on the 17th day of February, A. D. 1858, also of a 
Special Convocation, held in the City of Toronto on the 20th day 
January, A. D. 1859, were read, and, on motion, confirmed. 

The M. E. Z. informed Grand Chapter that he had granted 
Dispensations to open two new Chapters during the past year — 
the first for Golden Rule, at Stanstead, and the second for 
Kilwinning, at London. 

It was, on motion, 
Resolved, — 

That the Dispensations be confirmed, and that the Grand 
Scribe, E., be directed to prepare a Warrant for each of the above 
new Chapters, as soon as circumstances would permit. 

The following Chapters, formerly holding Warrants from the 
Supreme Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of England, 
during the past year affiliated with this Grand Chapter, viz :-— ■ 

St. George's Chapter, London, C.W. 
Moira Chapter, Belleville, C.W. 
Ancient Frontenac Chapter, Kingston, C.W. 
St. Andrew's Chapter, Toronto, C.W. 



SECOND ANNUAL CONVOCATION — LONDON, 1858. 47 



The Most Excellent Z. submitted and read the following 

ADDRESS. 

R. E. and E. Companions : 

By the blessing of the G. A. U. we are again permitted to 
meet together in Grand Convocation, for the purpose of considering 
the best measures to be adopted for the general welfare and 
happiness of our Order, and as your suffrages have placed me in 
the honorable position I hold in this Grand Chapter, it becomes 
my duty and privilege to render to you some account of the 
transactions of the Grand Chapter since our last regular Convo- 
cation ; and lay before you such other matters as I may deem of 
sufficient importance to claim your consideration. This I will 
endeavor to do as briefly as possible and, therefore, request your 
attention for a few moments. 

Last year, when I assumed the duties of Grand First 
Principal Z. the number of Chapters over which this Grand 
Chapter had jurisdiction was four. I am happy now to inform 
you that they are nearly tripled. Two Dispensations have been 
issued to form new Chapters and four Dispensations of affiliation to 
the Chapters in Canada West, formerly working under the supreme 
Grand Chapter of England, and there is every prospect of some 
of the other Chapters in the Lower Province, still working under 
that jurisdiction, soon joining us. 1 have also, reason to believe 
that before long, application will be made for Dispensations to 
hold Chapters in Woodstock, St. Thomas and Windsor. At 
Woodstock the Chapter would be supported by Three or Four 
Lodges, at St. Thomas, two, and at Windsor Three. The 
accession to our Order in individual Masons has not been great, 
yet, considering the change w r e were undergoing towards 
independence, it is as great as could have been expected. I have 
received an application from R. E. Companion Simpson, Grand 
Superintendent of the Central District, for a blank Dispensation, 
to revive a dormant Chapter, formerly working in Brockville, 
without furnishing the names of the nine Royal Arch Masons, 
who were to form the Chapter ; this being rather a novel 
application, 1 was induced to examine closely the book of 
Constitution, and I find the law for the government of such 
questions, clearly laid down in article 5, page 13, article 1, 2, page 
15, and article 2, page 16, but there is no authority given therein 
to the Grand First Principal Z. or any other Officer, to grant a 



48 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

Warrant or Dispensation without the nine names being first 
furnished to the Grand Scribe, E. I have therefore declined 
signing the blank dispensation, until the names are furnished. 

I have much pleasure in informing you, that the Grand Royal 
Arch Chapter of Ireland has acknowledged the independence of 
this Grand Chapter, upon learning which, I appointed R.E. Comp. 
Furnell our Representative at that Grand Chapter, and intimated 
that R. E. Comp. Tully would be acceptable to us as their 
Representative. And now that the Grand Lodge of England has 
acknowledged the Grand Lodge of Canada, I have no doubt but 
the Grand Chapters of England and Scotland will soon follow its 
example. We have also been acknowledged by a number of the 
Grand Chapters of the United States of America, and have received 
J friendly communications from several Grand Chapters, with 
reports of their proceedings for 1858 — one of which is from the 
Grand Chapter of Illinois, in which a subject is broached of great 
importance to all Royal Arch Masons throughout the world, viz : 
Uniformity of Work and Designation of Officers. At page 24, 
in the Report of the Committee on Foreign Correspondence, this 
passage occurs : — 

" Your Committee would fraternally suggest to our esteemed 
Companions in Canada, whether it would not be as well, or better, 
for them to conform the names of their Officers to those in the 
United States. It would be pleasant to the Grand Chapters through 
the Union if this could consistently be done." 

It is deeply to be regretted that all Royal Arch Masons, 
speaking the English language at least, do not follow the same 
customs and usages. We have all derived our authority from the 
same source, and are all offshoots from the Grand Chapter of 
England. I have in my possession, one of the first Constitutions 
published in the United States, by Thomas S. Webb, in 1802, 
which establishes this fact. The first Constitution of the Grand 
Royal Arch Chapter of England was agreed to in 1782, and 
published in 1786. 

This subject was well considered by the Committee who 
formed our Constitution and they entered on their labour with a 
desire to conform to the work of our American Companions, as 
far as they consistently could ; with this view they framed our 
Constitution so as to admit of the Mark, Past and Most Excellent 
Masters degrees, being conferred in the same manner as in the 
United States. Much might be said on this subject, but it would 
be out of place for me to enlarge upon it, on the present occasion ; 
perhaps our Committee on Foreign Correspondence may have to 
address you and may enter more fully on the subject. 



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